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Sky View Observatory

701 Fifth Ave, 73rd floor, Columbia Center, Seattle, WA 98104 (Formerly Bank of America Tower)
206-386-5564
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Ranked #3 of 215 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Architectural Buildings
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Walpole
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

You've GOT to see Seattle from this observatory! Panoramic views of all of Seattle, Puget Sound, Lake Washington, the islands across the Sound. We looked across the city and were actually looking down on the Space Needle! We were lucky because it was a clear day and Mt. Rainier was picturesque in the background. Although we liked the Space Needle,... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We had a 12 hour layover in Seattle, so left the airport in a rental car and checked out the city. The Sky View Observatory is so much better than the Space Needle for an overall great experience. Everyone likes to go to the Space Needle, but here is why I would go to the Sky View instead… 1. Space... More

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Succasunna, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

You have to go and see the fantastic view. We also had dinner there and it was great. Bookings are only for a 2 hours so make sure you book the time that suits you if you want to go there.

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Vienna, Austria
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127 reviews 127 reviews
59 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I went there on a pretty clear day and was even able to see Mt. rainier. It was absolutely gorgeous and not crowded at all. I really liked it, because you can take all the time you need to take your pictures - and you are even allowed to bring a tripod. So enjoy the 360° view of the city!

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Seattle, Washington
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This place has a better view than the space needle. Because you can see the space needle from this bldg. The observatory is on the 7 3rd floor and I really don't think many people know about this place. It's cheaper than the space needle ($12 for adults) and a lot less crowded. If you want a view of seattle,... More

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Although I'm afraid of heights, I'm so glad I joined our group and didn't miss this opportunity. It was a clear day for the most part and the view of Seattle was gorgeous. Hoped to see Mt. Ranier and was able to see it partially above the smog/fog line and thru some clouds. How majestic! I'd been to the space... More

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We visited the observatory after dinner at the SkyCity Restaurant on the top of the Space Needle. It provides a 360 degree view of the city, which was beautiful. I would recommend making this touristy stop when you're in Seattle.

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Tigard, Oregon
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Always great to see Seattle from all side, on a rare sunny day. think ahead and purchase tickets to this and the Chihuly museum. Saves a few dollars.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Tremendous 360 degree views of Mt. Rainier, downtown, the Olympics, Puget Sound, the Needle, everything. Tripod photography is allowed as long as you're polite and it's not crowded, which it seldom is. The deck itself is nice, with infographics detailing contruction and Seattle miscellanea. My only caveat would be on rainy and cloudy days it may not be as impressive,... More

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Ontario
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

What a great way to see a panoramic,almost 360 degree view of the area. No line up like the Space Needle, and very reasonable charge. We really enjoyed all the information and extras that are provided to make the most of the experience.

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